Saturday, 26 August 2017

Memorizing The Forbes Top Ten Highest-Paid Actresses...Easily!

Memorizing the Highest Paid Celebrities of 2017

The list of the highest paid celebrities for 2017 has just been released and they certainly raked in a ton of  money!  A fun mental exercise to boost your brain power is to memorize the top 10 celebrities on the list in a way where you can recite them from top to bottom or bottom to top.

You can refer to the original article on this topic for a list of the top 10 Corporations.

The Top 10

As a reminder, here are the links to every number to which you will associate with the people on the list.

They are:

1. sun
2. shoe
3. tree
4. door
5. hive
6. sticks
7. heaven
8. skate
9. wine
10. pen

Now, we'll take a look at  the Top 10  Celebrities list (as of August 2017).

They are:

1. Emma Stone

2. Jennifer Aniston
3. Jennifer Lawrence
4. Melissa McCarthy
5. Mila Kunis
6. Emma Watson
7. Charlize Theron
8. Cate Blanchett
9. Julia Roberts
10. Amy Adams

Now, let's link the celebrity with the memory aid for each number.

1. Emma Stone/sun - Imagine Emma Stone enjoying the sun

2. Jennifer Aniston/shoe - Imagine Jennifer Aniston with a distinctive pair of shoes

3. Jennifer Lawrence/tree - Imagine Jennifer Lawrence and the hanging TREE

4. Melissa McCarthy/door - Imagine Melissa McCarthy bursting through a door

5. Mila Kunis/hive - Imagine Mila Kunis surrounded by bees from a nearby hive

6. Emma Watson/stick - Imagine Emma Watson with a stick...magic stick...(Harry Potter wand!)

7. Charlize Theron/heaven - Imagine Charlize Theron entering HEAVEN

8. Cate Blanchett/skate - Imagine Cate Blanchett in front of a gate...Cate and a gate

9. Julia Roberts/wine - Imagine Julia Roberts showing off some wine (as therapy!)

10. Amy Adams/pen - Imagine Amy Adams using a PEN to sign one of many autographs

After you create these images, you'll find it very easy to recite the list from the top or bottom and to instantly recall any number. Quick, what's number 6?  Stick - Emma Watson

With the links, you can substitute other words for the numbers, such as one-gun or eight-gate but any word will do.  Have fun with the exercise and use it for any top 10 list that you can find useful!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

How Some Very Famous Brands Were Started

Here are some more inspirational stories about how some famous brand names were started.  They are stories about companies being started by people who found success through innovation, hard work and making the most of opportunities given to them.


Wilhelm Böing left Germany for the United States when he was 20 and labored at menial jobs, including farm work.  After he met lumberman Karl Ortmann, Böing found made a sizable fortune by purchasing land in Minnesota for both the timber and the minerals

Böing dies at the age of 42 but his son William Boeing continued his father's business and made his own fortune in the lumber business.  In 1909, he was in Alaska and saw a manned airplane for the first time.  This led to a fascination with airplanes and a friendship with fellow enthusiast Conrad Westervelt who agreed with Boeing that they were better off building planes themselves.

After changing their company name Pacific Aero Products Co. to Boeing Airplane Company and receiving 50 orders for planes from the U.S. Navy (thanks to Westervelt), Boeing was able to literally take off.  His later focus on commercial aircraft, passenger services and airmail enabled Boeing to become the famous company that we all know today.


Gerhard Heinrich Mennen was another German immigrant who founded his New Jersey company in 1878.  What led to his company being formed?  It was a  bout of malaria that led to Mennen taking an interest in pharmaceuticals while he was recovering.  

His remedies included Mennen's Borated Talcum Infant Powder, which was the first talcum powder.  Of course, other products came about including Skin Bracer, Speed Stick and Lady Speed Stick along with that famous jingle "By Mennen", made popular again on Seinfeld!


Colgate and Mennen have a connection in that Mennen was bought out by Colgate-Palmolive in 1992.  Colgate itself was founded by William Colgate who left England in 1804 to settle in the United States and make his own fortune.  After working as a apprentice in the soap industry, he was able to open his own business two years later in New York City.

During that time, soap was traditionally made at home although the process wasn't easy (animal fat and lye were used) and the resulting product didn't have an agreeable aroma.  Colgate's soap business offered home delivery and also added perfumes to the soap.  Customers found that they preferred  buying a perfumed cake of soap as opposed to making it themselves!

Of course, Colgate eventually became most famous for selling toothpaste.  The company sold toothpaste in glass jars but then was the first to package it in collapsible tubes, an innovation which continues to this day.  Indeed, the efforts of Gerhard Mennen and William Colgate can be seen in the many products we use to keep ourselves clean!


The iconic brand Tupperware owes its success to two people who thought outside the box, or container (to put it another way).  Company founder Earl Tupper developed the airtight plastic container that replaced glassware to store food while Brownie Wise successfully marketed the product thanks to her innovative and famous Tupperware parties.

Earl Tupper first had a landscape and nursery business that was a victim of the Great Depression.  Although a major setback, this led to his employment with the Dow Chemical Company in 1937.  Like William Colgate, Tupper saw his employment at Dow as an ideal way to learn about the industry, namely plastics.  He was able to turn polyethylene slag from an oil industry waste product into plastic containers.  Inspired by paint can lids which naturally had to keep the cans airtight, he developed the Tupperware plastic container which sealed in freshness. However, plastic wasn't popular with households yet and glassware was still preferred when consumers shopped in hardware and department stores.  How were shoppers to be convinced that Tupperware was better than glassware? Enter Brownie Wise.

Brownie Wise was a divorced single mother who made ends meet by selling brooms door-to-door.  She had a natural charm and was gifted at persuading people to buy her products. However, she wasn't able to gain a promotion to upper management at her company due to her gender.  She might have settled for being an above-average salesperson had she not been introduced to Tupperware products by a member of her sales team. Seeing the potential, she opted to use house parties to promote Tupperware rather than simple door-to-door sales.  

Gathering women together for a fun event, Tupperware reps were able to be shown firsthand how leak-proof the containers were.  Instead of a boring sales pitch, the women were treated to a fun social gathering with their friends, family and neighbors.  As Wise wrote, "The buying spirit is contagious; it is a proven fact that you will sell more to a group of 15 women than you will sell to them individually.”

Combined with innovative ways to reward top sellers, such as speedboats and exotic vacations, Tupperware and Brownie Wise's network marketing techniques have become major stalwarts that are still prominent today.

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Saturday, 4 March 2017

Motivational Quotes About Learning From Failure

There are very few quotes from successful people that say they succeeded with very little effort or on their first try.  Failure is a part of achieving success because that is where we learn from mistakes and apply those lessons.  Successful people learn to adapt, try a different approach and gain the knowledge required to realize their dreams.  

As the quotes show, accepting the lessons of failure applies to many walks of life, whether it be celebrity, sports, writing or business.  As Abraham Lincoln said, "My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Obstacles That Celebrities Overcame To Achieve Ultimate Success

Nobody would honestly that the path to success was easy but many famous celebrities had to overcome obstacles in order to achieve that very .success.  What they shared was perseverance and a strong belief in themselves.  Here are some examples that can let us all take heart in the knowledge that failures can be overcome and that you're never too old!

At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.  It was said that a producer told her she was unfit for television news.

At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer.

At age 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary and decided to go to art school.

At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a single parent living on welfare.  Her first book was turned down by 12 publishers.

At age 30, Harrison Ford was a carpenter.

At age 37, Ang Lee was a stay-at-home-dad working odd  jobs.

Julia Child released her first cookbook at age 39, and got her own cooking show at age 51.

At the age of 36, R.H. Macy launched R.H. Macy & Co., which grew to become Macy's, one of the largest department store chains in the world and host of the famous Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas".

Steven Spielberg was twice rejected by the University of California School of Cinema Arts.

Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at age 40.

Sergio Garcia finally won a Major golf tournament at 37 years old by coming in first at the 2017 Masters at Augusta, Georgia.  He was a teen prodigy who turned pro at the age of 19 but it took him 70 Major tournaments to finally win one, the most in the history of golf.  Despite having many close calls and heartbreaks in the past, Garcia persevered and finally won.

Stan Lee didn’t release his first big comic book until he was 40.

Alan Rickman gave up his graphic design career to pursue acting at age 42.

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team in North Carolina when he tried out.  He recounted in an ESPN interview, "It was embarrassing not making that team. They posted the roster and it was there for a long, long time without my name on it."

Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get his first movie role until he was 46 ("As a young black actor, my character always dies!").

Morgan Freeman landed his first MAJOR movie role at age 52.

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